Best replacement/substitute for 100 W incandescent floods?
Wanted to replenish our stock of indoor 100 W reflector flood lightbulbs, and found out the other day that they are no longer available at the supply house where we've been purchasing them for years (gov't regs).
So, what would be a VERY close substitute? When we had the first hi-hats installed in this house (11 years ago), the electrician put 90 W (?) halogen floods in all of them and we HATED them. He quickly replaced them with the 100 W incandescent floods. The halogen bulbs threw off a lot of heat, and the light they threw cast stark shadows everywhere (and any areas not directly in line with the light itself, were practically cast into darkness.
The guy at the supply house told my husband that Halogen floods were our only alternative. If they are the same as what the elctrician tried 11 years ago--ugh!
I've read about CFL's but don't want those at all.
Besides hoping to avoid shadows and excessive heat, we'd like lightbulbs that go on instantly, shut off instantly, don't flicker, and can be dimmed with our Lutron dimmer switches. Does such an animal exist? I saw some sort of Halogen-Xenon hybrid (linked below). Would those fit our requirements?
FWIW, some of the hi-hats are in regular 8' flat ceilings, some are in the vaulted ceiling(s) in our kitchen and LR, and one is way up over our foyer/entryway.
Here is a link that might be useful: Halogen-Xenon Reflector Floods